Cambodia, a country with such a heartbreaking past… It made a lasting impression on me, every time I think about my time there I still feel the weight of it’s terribly sad history.
What shocked me the most is the contrast between the wonders of Angkor Wat and the horrors of the Choeung Ek Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng museum. I cannot comprehend how a country can go from one of the most developed societies to a starved and murdered people all because of the paranoia of one man…
I find it difficult to find the words how impressive it was to visit the Tuol Sleng prison and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. That is why I made a photo essay instead… All I can say is, when you are going to Cambodia: read about the history of the country, watch the movie ‘The Killing Fields’ and visit memorials such as the Tuol Sleng prison and Choeung Ek, but these aren’t the only places.
Practical information about visiting the Tuol Sleng prison and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields
The entrance fee for the Tuol Sleng prison is $3 per person (without guide). You can find the museum on the corner of Street 113 and Street 350. I walked from my hotel (across the Royal Palace) and took a tuktuk on the way back (around $3 to the city center).
The entrance fee for Choeung Ek Killing Fields, including audio guide, was $6 per person. The address is Sangkat Choeung Aek, it’s about 17 km from the center of Phnom Penh.
I drove there on a scooter since the roads were deserted because of Khmer New Year (read more in my 8 day itinerary around Cambodia). You can also go there by tuktuk, but because I haven’t done this myself, I don’t know the price.